Google has begun rolling out Chrome 78, which means a whole bunch of handy new features. Perhaps the most useful for everyday users is the ability to force dark mode on all website you browse. Here's what you'll need to do.
Chrome 77 rolled out to Windows, Mac and Linux users this week and with it came a bunch of cool new features. While most of these are consumer facing, Google has also included some neat tricks beneath the hood specifically for developers. Chief among these are a pair of performance metrics that will help websites track and respond to sluggish page loads. This will ultimately result in a more agile internet and faster browsing for everyone. Hurrah! Here are the details.
First, what's new in Chrome 78?
The main changes for the latest Chrome relate to 'New Tab' customisation. When you open a new tab, according to 9to5Google, you'll now be able to curate what shows up. You can choose from a gallery image as well as curating which shortcuts you'd like to have appear on it. Those can be selected by you or a selection will be suggested based on your browsing habits. If you'd just like to keep it as a pretty image, however, you can choose to just switch Shortcuts off completely.
Aside from that, you can now forced dark mode on all sites you visit, even when they don't have their own dark mode version.
How do I get Chrome 78?
Most people will have automatic updates switched on so you could already have it if it's been rolled out to you. To double check, hit the three vertical dots on the right-hand side of the Chrome menu bar and look for the Update Google Chrome option.
If it's not there, you either have the latest update or it hasn't yet reached your device. To check which version you're running, go to the Help tab and select About Google Chrome.
Get to the good stuff. How do I dark mode the hell out of every site?
Look dark modes are all the rage right now but they should be employed in moderation as some have complained
Once you've confirmed whether you have Chrome 78, pop the following into the address bar: chrome://flags/#enable-force-dark
A hidden menu will appear offering you to elect a Force Dark Mode option. Hit the drop down menu and select Enabled. Then select Relaunch to restart your browser.
Now you'll be able to read Lifehacker in dark mode like you've always dreamed of.